Florida Senate - 2018                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SJR 194
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: RCS            .                                
                  01/31/2018           .                                

       The Committee on Ethics and Elections (Steube) recommended the
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete everything after the resolving clause
    4  and insert:
    5         That the following amendment to Section 4 of Article IX and
    6  the creation of a new section in Article XII of the State
    7  Constitution are agreed to and shall be submitted to the
    8  electors of this state for approval or rejection at the next
    9  general election or at an earlier special election specifically
   10  authorized by law for that purpose:
   11                             ARTICLE IX                            
   12                              EDUCATION                            
   13         SECTION 4. School districts; school boards.—
   14         (a) Each county shall constitute a school district;
   15  provided, two or more contiguous counties, upon vote of the
   16  electors of each county pursuant to law, may be combined into
   17  one school district. In each school district there shall be a
   18  school board composed of five or more members chosen by vote of
   19  the electors in a nonpartisan election for appropriately
   20  staggered terms of four years, as provided by law.
   21         (b) The school board shall operate, control and supervise
   22  all free public schools within the school district and determine
   23  the rate of school district taxes within the limits prescribed
   24  herein. Two or more school districts may operate and finance
   25  joint educational programs.
   26         (c)A person may not appear on the ballot for reelection to
   27  the office of school board member if, by the end of the current
   28  term of office, the person will have served, or but for
   29  resignation would have served, in that office for eight
   30  consecutive years.
   31                             ARTICLE XII                           
   32                              SCHEDULE                             
   33         Limitation on terms of office for members of a district
   34  school board.-This section and the amendment to Section 4 of
   35  Article IX imposing term limits for the terms of office for
   36  members of a district school board shall take effect on the date
   37  it is approved by the electorate, but no service in a term of
   38  office which commenced prior to November 6, 2018, will be
   39  counted against the limitation imposed by this amendment.
   40         BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the following statement be
   41  placed on the ballot:
   42                      CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT                     
   43                        ARTICLE IX, SECTION 4                      
   44                             ARTICLE XII                           
   46  SCHOOL BOARD.—Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution
   47  to limit terms for school board members by prohibiting incumbent
   48  members who have held the office for the preceding eight years
   49  from appearing on a ballot for reelection to that office and to
   50  provide that the amendment only applies to terms of office
   51  beginning on or after November 6, 2018.
   53  ================= T I T L E  A M E N D M E N T ================
   54  And the title is amended as follows:
   55         Delete everything before the resolving clause
   56  and insert:
   57                        A bill to be entitled                      
   58         A joint resolution proposing an amendment to Section 4
   59         of Article IX and the creation of a new section in
   60         Article XII of the State Constitution to limit the
   61         terms of office for a member of a district school
   62         board; providing applicability; providing an effective
   63         date.